Japanese Language

With both undergraduate and graduate options available, Japanese language degree programs teach linguistic skills and help students gain an appreciation of Japan's history and culture. Read on for information on studying Japanese and possible career paths.

Inside the Japanese Language

According to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Japanese was the first language of 1.83% of the world's population in 2008; these speakers lived primarily in Japan, but also in Brazil and Palau (www.cia.gov). Japan is involved in the United Nations, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, World Trade Organization and International Monetary Fund, all of which are large and complex international organizations in which the United States is also involved. The amount of political and business involvement between the United States and Japan may be one of the reasons that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted strong demand for translators and interpreters of Japanese over the 2012-2022 decade (www.bls.gov).

Education Information

Japanese language degree programs focus on reading and writing in Japanese, using effective translation techniques, and understanding the culture of Japan. Other relevant degree options include international relations or international business programs, since these often require proficiency in a foreign language. Take a look at the following Study.com articles to learn about possible educational options.

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